Kallis puts SA on top, 359/5 at lunch

Published: Sunday, November 25, 2001, 22:28 [IST]
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Centurion: Jacques Kallis continued his phenomenal run of batting form as South Africa extended its lead on the third morning of the unofficial Test against India at Centurion Park on Sunday.Kallis made 87 not out as South Africa reached 359 for five at lunch, a first innings lead of 127. Kallis has an official Test batting average of 295 during the 2001/02 season. He made 388 runs without being dismissed in three innings against Zimbabwe and made 202 for twice out in the two official Tests against India. India surprisingly did not claim the second new ball at the start of play on a hot, humid day following a heavy overnight thundershower. The new ball was due, with a wicket having fallen in the 81st over, the last of the day, on Saturday. But despite Lance Klusener being a new batsman at the crease, stand-in captain Rahul Dravid continued with the spin bowling of Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar before taking the new ball after 94 overs. By then Kallis and Klusener had added 36 runs to the overnight total of 261 for four. The pair took their partnership to 60 before Klusener was caught at second slip off Javagal Srinath in the fifth over with the new ball. Kallis, whose Test scores this season have included two centuries and two half- centuries, moved confidently to another half-century off 109 balls with eight fours. By lunch he had faced 192 balls and hit 14 boundaries.

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